The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London's most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air.Read more...
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The Duke of Kylemore knows her as Soraya, London's most celebrated courtesan. Men fight duels to spend an hour in her company. And only he comes close to taming her. Flying in the face of society, he decides to make her his bride; then, she vanishes, seemingly into thin air.
Dire circumstances have forced Verity Ashton to barter her innocence and change her name for the sake of her family. But Kylemore destroys her plans for a respectable life when he discovers her safe haven. He kidnaps her, sweeping her away to his hunting lodge in Scotland, where he vows to bend her to his will.
There he seduces her anew. Verity spends night after night with him in his bed . . . and though she still dreams of escape and independence, she knows she can never flee the unexpected, unwelcome love for the proud, powerful lover who claims her both body and soul.
A kiss for all time
At the other end of the historical romance spectrum is Claiming the Courtesan, a study of the nature of sex and love. Anna Campbell's debut is a refreshingly different and very romantic novel that was so admired by its editors that it was included in Avon's Romantic Treasure line for rising stars. It's easy to understand why. When beautiful courtesan Sorayaknown to herself and her brother as Verity Ashtonreaches the end of her contracted year as the Duke of Kylemore's mistress, she has finally accrued enough resources to leave London and retire to a small village. She disappears overnight, leaving the duke thwarted and furious. Obsessed with the beauty, Kylemore tracks Verity down and kidnaps her, holding her prisoner on his Scottish estate. There, his plans for sensual conquering fall to pieces, and two tortured characters find that sex is sex, but love is an entirely overwhelming proposition. Campbell delivers a lusciously sensual exploration of love with one of the best kiss scenes in recent memory.
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